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Campbell predicts tough Aussie tour

Published:Wednesday | October 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Jermaine Lannaman, Gleaner Writer

Sherwin Campbell, coach of West Indies Women, believes the team's upcoming tour of Australia will be a challenging one.

The West Indies, who currently lead Australia on net run rate atop of the 2017 ICC Women's World Cup qualifying table, are slated to play four one-dayers and four Twenty20s while Down Under.

The contests, which will be held between November 2 and 18, will represent the first time the two teams will be meeting since the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 in February.

It will also be the first time that both teams will face off in a one-day encounter since Australia defeated the regional team in the final of the ICC World Cup last year.

"Australia should be a challenging series, as we have not played Australia in Australia in a series before," outlined Campbell.

"We have a good measure of most of the other teams, like England, New Zealand, South Africa, so it will be good for us to play against Australia, and see where we are at as a team," the former West Indies opener noted.

The Australian tour will be the first since the West Indies rose to the top of the World Cup qualifying last month.

The West Indies whitewashed touring New Zealand 4-0 in a one-day series to move to the top of the points table on net run rate ahead of the Australians, who had a similar impressive series against Pakistan.

Great achievement

"I think we did really well to win four games back to back in the one-day series against New Zealand," reflected Campbell.

"I think it is the first time that we were able to do that. It was a really, really great achievement.

"To sustain that momentum throughout the four games shows that the team is improving mentally. We did not win the Twenty20 series, but there were lessons learned, and hopefully we can improve and get better as a team going forward," Campbell concluded.